Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year, and as a papercrafter I am in my element as there are countless opportunities to make and give handmade items like Christmas cards, wrapping paper, gift bags, gift tags, and best of all photo gifts like photos in frames, photo calendars, photo Christmas decorations, brag books, and photo necklaces to name a few.
My love of papercraft started with scrapbooking and that is what I enjoy doing most. I love displaying my photos, whether I put them in an album, on the buffet, or on the wall, and making sure they aren’t forgotton about on my phone or computer.
There are many great photo opportunities at Christmas time, but perhaps the one most of us can relate to is the Santa photo. It is certainly a tradition in my family to have a Santa photo each year. My mum took me and my brother, and I have taken my children each year to have their photo taken starting with my eldest Son’s first Christmas in 2011. If truth be told, I have been known to research the best Santa display around my local shopping town to be sure I am getting the best photo opportunity.
So what do you do with all your Santa photos from years gone by? Well I made this little fold out Christmas photo book that each year you can add your new Santa photo to. At Christmas you can pull it out and display it on a shelf with the rest of your Christmas decorations, reminding you of past Christmases. Once Christmas is over you can fold it up and either pack it away with your decorations until bring it out to add next year’s photo, or you can keep it stored in the coffee table with the rest of your photo albums.
To make this photo book, you will need:
- 1 piece of 12”x12” inch scrapbook paper
- Some extra bits of patterned paper to decorate the front
- Scissors or paper trimmer, scorer or ruler, adhesive
- Items to decorate, e.g stickers or stamps/inks,
- And don’t forget your photos.
First, I cut a 12”x12” piece of New England Ivy cardstock in half so I got 2x 6”x12” rectangles. These will form the base of the fold out album. Next using a scorer (a ruler will do), I fold each rectangle in an accordion fold at 4” and 8” so you have something like this:
I then stuck the 2 pieces together so I had one long fold out album. I did this by overlapping the last and first pieces of cardstock to create a seamless finish. This method allows space for 5 photos on the front (and 4 on the back if you wish). You can add more pages using extra pieces of 12”x12” cardstock and repeat the above steps.
Next, to decorate my cover, I adhered a 3.75”x5.75” of my white pines Christmas paper to my album base using double sided tape. I then stamped my title using one of my Christmas stamps (B1489 Joyful Garland) on a 3” x 2.5” scrap of champagne cardstock.
To complete the inside of your album, I trimmed my photos to 3.5”x4.5” and adhered them to the pages leaving room underneath to stamp the years. Using the number stamps from Jennifer’s Hand (B1468), I stamped the year onto some 1”x4” scraps of Cranberry cardstock and stuck them underneath the photos. You could also write the year, or use stickers, the choice is yours.
These fold out albums would also make a great gift for someone special. The types of photos you could display in these mini albums are endless –you could document your child’s first 12 months, or you could use it to showcase photos from a special occasion, e.g. wedding, engagement, milestone birthday, yearly school photos, or graduation.